Optimizing wiring harnesses

In this article, TTI’s supplier marketing manager, John Sandy, walks readers through the support services distributors can offer during the design and manufacture of wiring harnesses.


When building wiring harnesses, how helpful would it be if a capable distributor could streamline and simplify the process. With the recent supply chain issues, an authorized distributor should also have the parts to hand.


Connector selection is something most engineers are familiar with, needing little help. After that, they source samples and test them for fit and function. If additional help is needed, look to an authorized distributor with a broad and deep selection of styles and capabilities in inventory.


Quality distributors stock connectors from manufacturers that even provide pre-crimped housing and contacts as a single part number, helping ensure the connector fits and functions as imagined.


Select distributors can provide online customization tools to specify orientation, cable lengths and anything else needed to retrieve a drawing and quote. From there, the distributor will obtain all part numbers and inventory in stock and ensure requirements are met and products are delivered exactly as needed.


Once the product is received, prototype testing can begin. This may need production quality off-the-shelf (OTS) cable assemblies in lengths that are close to that required in the final design. The distributor can provide them, including over-molding and discrete wire? Whatever engineers need, the distributor should have an option.


In addition to offering a wide range of components and seasoned expertise through each design step, an accomplished distributor should offer two things invaluable in today’s fast-moving, ever-changing electronics world—available parts and an available partner—ensuring supply chain hang-ups don’t slow down processes and customers have an invested source they can depend on.


For decades, TTI has worked hard to be the electronics component resource of choice that engineers rely on to provide the widest and deepest variety of quality parts exactly when customers need them along with experienced specialists to help them with all their needs.